Amplify Peace: Saving Syrian Lives at Alhambra Palace Restaurant

Event Information

Date & Time:Sun, 10/22/2017 - 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Amplify Peace: Saving Syrian Lives is a multi-genre tour featuring Arab American artists Omar Offendum, Bassel & the Supernaturals, Kayem and Ronnie Malley & Turath Ensemble. The tour, sponsored by the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), aims to increase awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Syria and help gather support and resources to save the lives of Syrians affected by war.

Featured Artists:
Omar Offendum
Bassel & the Supernaturals
Ronnie Malley & Turath Ensemble

Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American rapper / poet who was born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC and currently lives in Los Angeles. Known for his unique blend of Hip-Hop & Arabic poetry, he has been featured on prominent world news outlets, lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions, collaborated with major museums & cultural organizations on several high-profile projects, and helped raise millions of dollars for various humanitarian relief groups. A graduate of the University of Virginia's School of Architecture, he's been able to design a unique path for himself as a thoughtful entertainer able to speak to a multitude of relevant issues & diverse global audiences over the course of his decade-long career.


Syrian Heart. Chicago Soul.

Bassel & The Supernaturals combines neo-soul and funk with captivating lyrics about love, loss, and a war in Syria that has affected Bassel Almadani’s family along with 10,000,000 others. The soulful Syrian-American vocalist and his ensemble raised over $11,000 during the preorder campaign for their full-length album, Elements (2017), with over $3,000 in donations for humanitarian aid in Syria. Their album was premiered by Noisey (Vice) and led to their involvement in the nationally-acclaimed SXSW showcase ContraBanned: #MusicUnites featuring artists from the diaspora of the countries targeted by the travel ban. They've since been featured on PRI, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Paste Magazine, Huffington Post, NowThis, and many others. In addition to performing in clubs and festivals across the nation, Bassel partners with universities and charity organizations nationwide to host seminars, workshops, and benefit concerts drawing attention to the crisis in Syria.

Son of a Libyan revolutionary, Kayem is a Chicago-based hip hop artist who was born into the struggle. His father was a political prisoner who helped form a pro-democracy movement after escaping prison. Kayem’s first trip to Libya, after spending a lifetime of advocacy in exile, was filmed in the docuseries “Sing Freedom”.
Yahoo! Music listed Kayem’s showcase at South by Southwest 2017 as “The 6 Best Things We Saw at SXSW” and he was listed as one of CNN’s “Most Interesting People”. He has also been featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Complex Mag, The New York Times, and more.
Kayem relaunched his career with a name-change in 2017 after having to step away due to government restrictions. He detailed his experience on “Intercepted”, where he was a guest along with Edward Snowden.
With a story fit for a Hollywood script and a loyal, hungry international fan base, there’s no question Kayem’s time is now.

Social Media: @thisisKayem
Recent Kayem in the press:
Intercepted w/Edward Snowden l Yahoo! Music l Chicago Tribune l Daily Mail
Recap of SXSW "Contrabanned" Showcase by the Statesman

Ronnie Malley is a multi-instrumentalist musician, theatrical performer, producer, and educator with a background in Global Music and Performance Studies. His credits include: composer and sound designer for Great Expectations (Silk Road Rising), musician on A Disappearing Number (Timeline Theatre), author and solo performer of Ziryab, The Songbird Of Andalusia (Silk Road Rising), musician on The Secret Garden (Court Theatre), musician and consultant on Disney’s The Jungle Book (Goodman,Huntington), co-composer and musician on The White Snake (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep, McCarter, Goodman, Guthrie, Wuzhen Theater festival – China, Old Globe), composer and co-sound designer for The Who And The What (Victory Gardens), associate producer and actor for The Sultan’s Dilemma (International Voices Project), and The Arabian Nights (Lookingglass, Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage). Ronnie is an artistic associate with International Voices Project, teaching artist with Chicago Arts Partnership in Education (CAPE) and Global Voices Initiative (GVI), and a faculty
member at the Old Town School of Folk Music. He performs with the music groups, Allos Musica, Baeoa, EMME, Lamajamal, Surabhi, Turath Ensemble, and the University of Chicago Middle East Music Ensemble.


About SAMS

The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is a nonpolitical, nonprofit medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria and neighboring countries to alleviate suffering and save lives. SAMS proudly provides medical care and treatment to every patient in need.

Venue Information

Name:Alhambra Palace Restaurant
Address:1240 W Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60607
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